The idea of Quick Surveys comes from the book Minilessons for Math Practice, Grades K-2. Graphs are great tools for exploring many number concepts: addition, subtraction, counting, comparison (greater than, less than, equal), and when they are based on student interests, they make math more engaging. I can’t take credit for the graphing method shown in the picture below (I found it on Pinterest), but I LOVE it! I like the simplicity of it and how it’s such a great visual representation for comparing. It could be easily adapted for other than “yes” and “no” questions. The book, for example, uses things like “shoelaces” and “no shoelaces” as the column headings. Just put your headings on index cards and tape them over the “yes” and “no” headings. As kiddos come in the room, they take their clothespin (see the names on them?) and respond to the survey. The discussion about the survey could take place during a math warm-up later in the day. And your first question should always be What do you notice? or What can you say about the graph? Think of all the responses that could be generated from this graph:
- More people like gingerbread
- Fewer people don’t like gingerbread
- Gingerbread got the most votes
- 17 kids voted total
- 7 more kids voted that they liked gingerbread
- 12 kids like gingerbread
- There are 19 in our class, but only 17 voted; 2 kids didn’t vote
I made this simple little form so the kids can move their concrete learning (clothespins on the graph) to representational learning. They could also use the form to write their own questions and poll their classmates. Click on the picture to download your copy for free.
Here’s another version of the graph. This one is half-page and goes to 25. It also has a second page that is blank instead of saying “yes” and “no”, so it’s more flexible.